December 2, 1944, the morning after Lt. Foster's Final Mission Party. Note the at least 18 empty champagne bottles lined up near them and their slightly grim or peaked expressions. (L -R) Lt. Donald Parker -Bombardier, Lt. Erwin, Lt. Robert Smith-Pilot, and Lt. John Guldemond -Pilot. They are in front of either the Foster/Burgmeier Tent or the Guldemond tent. Laon/Athies Afield, France. Sadly, Lt. Parker was killed in action about 12 weeks later.
Lt. Donald Parker was killed in action on a mission to Gemuden Marshaling Yard, Germany on March 26, 1944 in "Weary Willie, II" piloted by Capt. Robert Flittie. Lt. Parker was in the nose of the aircraft with Lt. Victor Jacobs on a training mission, leaving too little room for either to wear flak jackets. Lt. Parker was killed instantly when a piece of shrapnel no larger than the eraser head of a pencil pierced his spine. For additional information and a photograph of the damaged aircraft see Marauder: Memoirs of a B-26 Pilot in Europe in World War II, Lou Rehr.
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The 323rd Bombardment Group operated with B-26 Marauders, American medium bombers. They were the first Eighth Air Force Group to fly a medium level bombing mission with this aircraft on 16 July 1943. After flying a total of 33 missions with the Eighth,...
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